Microsoft Band is the latest to jump into the fitness tracker craze

Microsoft Band Fitness TrackerJust a couple of days after Fitbit showed off their latest three gadgets, Microsoft has thrown themselves into the ring with their own. The Microsoft Brand is a fitness tracker/smart watch style combo that the company is calling a “smartband”.

Not only is this a fitness band and watch, but it is also connected to a new service called Microsoft Health. Together, they make up a new attempt by the company to push their way into the ever increasing fitness niche that has become a core part of consumer electronics in the past couple of years.

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Verizon and Motorola show off the Droid Turbo

Verizon Motorola Droid TurboWe are finally seeking the Droid Ultra replacement that has been the source of leaks for months, the Droid Turbo. It is the latest collaboration between Verizon and Motorola, and the latest in the wider Droid line.

The Turbo has been a cause for speculation for quite some time. Being one of the more popular Verizon based lines out there, fans were interested to see what was next after the success of the Ultra. After leaks confirmed a real boost in specs and capabilities, rumors started flying.

As it turns out, the excitement was pretty well placed.

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Fitbit brings us a new series of fitness trackers: Charge, Charge HR and Surge

  • 27/10/2014 at 23:10 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge Fitbit released a new blog post today showing off three new fitness and sleep trackers, the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and Fitbit Surge. The Charge is available to purchase now, with the other two following in early 2015.

As far as fitness tracers go, Fitbit is one of the most popular on the market for a reason. The brand has offered several features that others do not, such as the Flex being waterproof. But it has been awhile since they had a really solid product release, and with smartwatches now being manufactured by several companies, they have some catching up to do.

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Crowdfunding: Bluesmart gives us the first Bluetooth connected luggage

  • 26/10/2014 at 23:18 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Bluesmart Carry-On Blueetooth LuggageA new IndieGoGo campaign has already made leaps and bounds over its initial goal, attracting both domestic and international travelers, alike. The Bluesmart suitcase is a sophisticated piece of luggage that works by connecting to your smartphone, and offering a central charging hub for your electronic devices.

Bluesmart works by connecting through a sensor to your Bluetooth in your smartphone. Through its associated app it can give give you information on its whereabouts it lost, tell you the weight of the suitcase and what is inside, automatically lock when it senses that you are more than a couple of inches away, and charge your smartphone, tablet or even laptop through an internal battery.

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Microsoft prepares to relaunch Lumia under its personal brand banner

Microsoft LumiaMicrosoft is looking to rebrand the Lumia line following their purchase and integration with Nokia. That means a manufactured product series of new Microsoft Lumia products that seek to move away from the formula of the old company, and make it a part of the new one.

One of the first things Microsoft wanted to make clear with their announcement today was that Nokia Lumia phones are still being sold and supported, and so are not obsolete with the buyout. But that probably won’t be the case pretty soon, as they begin to phase out the old and bring in the new. At least, that is what can be gleaned from reading between the lines.

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Facebook’s new Rooms app takes us back to the days of the early net

  • 24/10/2014 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Facebook RoomsFacebook has announced their new app, Rooms, a service completely separate from the social network that brings back the format of message boards. Only this time, it is done for a mobile platform.

Message boards still have relevance today, but their popularity has waned in the face of changing social networks and platforms. For example, a traditional message board will still gain a community following, but not in the numbers of Reddit, which maintains a wider appeal.

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Google introduces new Inbox Gmail App, a more intuitive email client

  • 23/10/2014 at 00:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Inbox Gmail AppGoogle has announced the release of a new Gmail App. It is Inbox, an email client that they claim will “work for you”, offering a more intuitive and adaptive experience than their more traditional platform.

Through using Labs and more set features, Google has always shown a desire to improve and change their Gmail service. A big part of that has been the ability to group together messages, first by threaded emails, and then through tagging messages to keep them in a certain category. Inbox is a step beyond their past experiments.

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